Is it possible to make a nose less boney? (Photos)

My bone creates a shadow down my bridge which makes me nose stand out. Is it possible to achieve a nose more like the picture on the right

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You need better lighting, like the model.  She has flood lights on both sides of her nose, and Photoshop to fix the actual picture after it was taken. Otherwise, hers would look like yours. 

Best of luck!

Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Making my Nose Less Bony

I'm sorry, but it's not clear what you want to change. I recommend you consider narrowing the bridge and tip including the nasal base. Without a profile view I don't know if your bridge should be lowered. A full set of pictures as l describe on my website for nasal evaluation would be helpful.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Rhinoplasty: comparing your nose to professional photographs

Rhinoplasty is a surgery to change the shape of the nose for breathing or appearance. 

Many patients bring photographs to their consultation. This is a great way for patients to communicate their aesthetic goals. One important factor to consider is to evaluating the eyes and not the nose in the photograph. When you look at the eyes you can see if there is single flash or double flash. Studio professional lighting often use multiple lights to balance the shadows. Contouring make-up and photoshop do the rest. 

When you come for consultation, I take both single and double flash photos. I also take photos while smiling and frowning to see how your nose changes position. Lastly, I used 3D computer simulation to get on the same page as my patient regarding their aesthetic goals. We can discuss appropriate changes that will produce a safe and happy result. Safety comes first. 

Victor Chung, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

Possible to make the nose less bony?

 A thorough in-person examination is required to make a determination about a surgical procedure, since the second picture is most likely been airbrushed. Digital computer imaging performed in the office setting would also be helpful to understand what can be accomplished with the surgical procedure of your nose on your facial features. For many  before and after examples of rhinoplasty, please see the link below

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Thank you for your question and photographs.

I would recommend scheduling a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty to have a physical nasal examination performed. It is difficult to determine from the photograph you have posted, I would recommend posting a profile shot too. From what you are describing you may benefit from   Based on your photographs, you may benefit from a tip rhinoplasty which includes trimming the lower lateral cartilages and placing precision sutures to refine the tip and make it look more pleasing along with shaving down excess cartilage or bone from the bridge. The combination of the two should help reduce the shadow down the bridge of your nose and reduce and refine your nose so it is proportional to the rest of your face. I hope this helps.
Best of luck in your endeavors!

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science

James Fernau, MD, FACS
Pittsburgh Plastic Surgeon
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Hello and thank you for your question. Based on your photograph, you may benefit from a tip refining rhinoplasty. Your surgeon can accomplish this by trimming, suturing, and reshaping the cartilage in your lower nose. Cartilage grafts may also be used to help improve tip refinement. Make sure you specifically look at before and after pictures of real patients who have had this surgery performed by your surgeon and not just a computer animation system. The most important aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I recommend that you seek consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate you in person.

Best wishes and good luck.

Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon

Richard G. Reish, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 67 reviews

Nose surgery

It's difficult to answer your question based on 1 limited photograph and without a physical exam.  In general, a prominent or overly high nasal bridge can be smoothed down during rhinoplasty.  It's also important to know that the nose must be treated as a whole structure that must be harmonious with the rest of your facial features, and this includes the width and shape of one's nostrils, nasal tip, nasal height, etc.  Seek out a consultation with a surgeon (Facial Plastic, General Plastic) who performs lots of rhinoplasty to undergo a detailed exam and have a thorough discussion about your goals and whether they can be attained.  Good luck!

Inessa Fishman, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

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